from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The clavicle or collarbone.
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For example, the work "Mappae Clavicula" (little key to the table) may be a mistranslation of Baphes kleis (Key to tinting) via latinization as Baphae clavicula and alteration of Baphae to Mappae by a scribe.
But to believe in the clavicula, in the mystic significance of the junction of two lines, in the stars, is as ridiculous as to believe, like the inhabitants of Cathay, that the oriole changes into a mole, and grains of wheat into crap-like fish.
Will you deny, said Coictier, the sympathetic influence of the clavicula, and that it is the key to all cabalistic science?
He began with making a crucial incision on me from the navel to the clavicula.
Candide 1694-1778 Voltaire 1736